Web scraping with Python

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Matt Wynn of USA TODAY Network
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Jun. 17 at 9:00am
  • Location: Coral A
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Need a spreadsheet but the information only exists on a web page? Learn how to scrape the data and build it yourself. This intro-level class will show you how to use the programming language Python to scrape simple web pages. We'll introduce you to the command line and show you how to write enough code to fetch, parse and analyze content from the web.

This session is good for: Programming beginners. Some basic familiarity with HTML is helpful but not required.

Speaker Bios

  • Matt Wynn is data reporter on USA Today's investigative team. His work has looked at copycat legislation, police and doctors who escape discipline and the medicalization of previously benign inconveniences. He is the former director of enterprise and investigations at Medpage Today and previously worked at the Omaha World-Herald.

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